Last month’s Pride Walk in Amsterdam focused attention on victims of the anti-LGBT repression in 73 countries with anti-LGBT laws.
The Erasing 76 Crimes blog helped with preparations for the July 29 march, in which protesters wore “Erasing 76 Crimes” T-shirts.
Marchers protesting 73 countries’ repressive laws carried those countries’ flags through the streets of Amsterdam.
With them were marchers carrying placards supporting 50 specific LGBTI people and LGBTI rights activists at risk at various locations around the world.
The total turnout was 7,500 people, Pride March organizer Hans Verhoeven said.
Marchers included about 100 representatives from the 33-country Equal Rights Coalition, an organization of nations that support equality regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Among them were ambassadors, consul generals, attachés and other staff.
“One of our speakers was Sinan Can, an investigative reporter working for one of the public networks. Some days before Pride Walk he had returned from filming in Iraq and Iran. Filming at a book market in Baghdad, he was approached by a young man: Karar Nushi, an openly gay actor.
“Sinan was interested in his story and interviewed him, asking him why he was openly gay in a country where they hang you for it. His answer was simple: ‘I don’t want to be in the closet all my life.’ The two spent the afternoon together, after which Sinan had to move on to another city. Karar was on a death list of some religious group.
“Days after the interview, Sinan received a message: They had captured Karar, tortured him for two days and left him for dead in the gutter.
“Sinan told me this story a day after he had returned, an emotional conversation. We decided to make Karar the symbol of our Pride Walk and of the Individuals at Risk project.”
In the march, Sinan carried Karar’s individuals-at-risk sign himself.
- More photos and video of Pride Walk and the preparations for it.
- Sinan’s video (in Dutch) about the Pride Walk and Karar.
- One focus of Pride Amsterdam: Anti-LGBT countries, victims (July 2017, 76crimes.com)
- Protesters seek to end LGBTI repression in Commonwealth (November 2015, 76crimes.com)
- Honors in U.K. for LGBTI activists from Africa, Asia
- ‘Umbrellas of Love’ for Commonwealth’s LGBT outcasts (July 2014, 76crimes.com)
- British Lords seek repeal of 41 countries’ anti-gay law (March 2013, 76crimes.com)
- 100+ in painted-face protest of 76 lands’ anti-LGBT laws (February 2013, 76crimes.com)
- Face-paint protest against 76+ countries’ anti-gay laws (January 2013, 76crimes.com)